Post Date: February 2022

Polling shows why looming winter weather triggers Texans' anxieties about the grid, and their doubts about political leaders' response

| By: Jim Henson and Joshua Blank

As the first serious winter storm descends on their state, Texans’ pervasive anxiety about the reliability of the state’s go-it-alone power grid has floated to the surface of public discussion like a North Atlantic iceberg. Weather forecasters and energy mavens assure us that the weather hitting a large swath of the state lacks the severity, duration, or geographic impact of the February 2021 disaster that left hundreds dead, millions of Texas without power in sub-freezing temperatures, and caused billions in damage. Polling we conducted both shortly after the 2021 outages and in the intervening months suggest that the seemingly widespread anxiety about the return of cold weather reflects the pervasive impact of the last storm, as well as a lack of confidence in the state leadership’s measures to ensure the reliability of the grid in the wake of last year’s failures. 


Second Reading Podcast: A conversation about the 2022 Texas primaries with Harvey Kronberg of Quorum Report

| By: Jim Henson

In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson talks with Harvey Kronberg about races and issues in the 2022 Texasprimary elections.